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About the Author:
Juan Antonio Juarez was a Chicago police officer for seven years, has written for the Chicago Reader, and is now a middle school teacher working with at-risk students. He lives in Monterey, California.
"Gripping page-turner." —NEA Today
Posted December 9, 2004
This book tells tales of truth that every kid growing up in the streets of Chicago already knew, since many have suffered the same experiences the author reveals to the reader. As a life-long resident of Chicago, I have seen many of my friends (and some of my family) come face to face with police brutality and profiling. It leaves one feeling helpless to change the status quo: who would listen to street kids and believe their stories? Who would have the power to change how things operate in the police department, even if they believed the stories? Who would care? I am thrilled that one cop finally came forward to put the truth on the line for the world to see. Now what? Maybe now the good cops will prevail and the bad cops will not. Maybe.
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Posted December 21, 2012
I read this book for a class. I am not much of a reader but I couldn't put the book down. I read some reviews on amazon on this book and how people thought Juan Juarez was just as quilty as all the other police offiers and he was just looking to make money on writing about it because he got caught. I don't fully agree with that. People change and yes he got caught up with some of the bad cops in the department and he used his power to get what he wanted. Juan opened up to the people who wanted to hear his story, he didn't keep hush about it after he got caught. He was a good person trying to make something of himself, in the process he took a detour and got a job. He eventually got to where he needs to be and I am happy for him. Everyone starts somewhere whether being good or bad. He lived and learned and is living a better life. Good for him. I enjoyed the reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2012
Juan was pretty honest about not being a super cop. My interpretation was that he blamed no one but him self and from other books I've read the system is VERY corrupt, violent and protective of ONLY their own in every city.
Many other authors corroborate Juan Juarez's account of drug busts and skate assignments, corruption and brutal violence.
"Anonymous" should have the courage to put his real name to the review. I think the review that he/she wrote is fiction or they would have included their name.
Posted December 31, 2006
This book should be listed under FICTION. Juan buoyed himself up to be s supercop brought down by the system. This is fantasy. He only spend a year in a beat car and was described (at best) by his co-workers as lazy and uninspired. His connections got him to the Narcotics Section, where his terrible work ethic, immaturity, and disdain for his fellow officers was apparent from day one. He was tolerated there, mainly because of respect for the family members he had on the police department (including father, step-mother and cousin). He fed upon the system and used it to his every advantage. It is fiction for him to say that the system corrupted him. He came to us corrupt and just got worse.
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